The Pousse-Café is an old cocktail which originated in France. It literally means "pushes coffee", which makes it a perfect after dinner cocktail to have with or after coffee. It was introduced in New Orleans in the 1840's and became quite popular throughout the States by the turn of the century. Carefully layered, it is a sight to behold and to drink. Each layer is meant to compliment the next and should be sipped slowly to savor each flavor.

Layering can be a tricky ordeal. You should use a glass that holds one to two ounces and has fairly straight sides. Each layer is carefully poured over the next layer by the weight of each liqueur. See the Density Chart for more information on weights. How to Layer a Cocktail is a step by step guide to the method of building a perfect Pousse-Café.